Nitty-gritty definitions

nĭt'ē-grĭt'ē
The specific or practical details; the heart of a matter.
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The actual, basic facts, elements, issues, etc.
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Nitty-gritty is slang for the basic facts, key details or most practical aspects.

Knowing the date, time and place of a party are an example of the nitty-gritty of planning a party.

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(colloquial) The essence or core of something; the details.

He gave a short summary without getting into the nitty-gritty of the problem.

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Origin of nitty-gritty

Uncertain, said to have been used at first by black jazz musicians, perhaps ultimately from reduplication nit and grits (finely ground corn), from Old English grytt, grytta (“coarse meal").